Yield: Yields 1 large loaf
Soda bread has been an Irish household staple since baking soda became commercially available in the early 19th century. It uses just four ingredients that most people kept on hand: flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk (raisins and caraway seeds are an American addition). A real soda bread is a simple loaf with a beautifully browned, craggy crust and a nice chew, best eaten liberally smeared with salty Irish butter.
Though it’s not traditionally Irish, you can add 3 oz. raisins with the dry ingredients, or experiment with add-ins like freshly chopped herbs, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, or chocolate chips.
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Has anyone tried fixing this with a mixer and using dough hooks?
This is really good bread. I feel as though I always end up using more buttermilk than they call for especially if I measure flour by weight. I’ve made it three times now and all but one batch turned out great.
I've never had an authentic soda bread before, my husband and I absolutely love this bread. Thank you so much for sharing. This was so easy to make and will be made more than just on st. Patrick's day. I have a picture and will try to upload it.
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